Ornamental cabbage

Brassica oleracea

Photo/Illustration: 
Danielle Sherry
Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
BRASS-ih-kah oh-ler-AY-see-ah
Genus:  Brassica
Rosettes of cabbage foliage are grown as annuals for fall and winter interest. Color intensifies in cooler temperatures (below 50°F). Good for bedding and containers.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Colorful foliage. Hardy, late season interest.
Care:  Fertile soil in full sun.
Propagation:  Sow seed in the garden in spring or in a cold frame in early spring.
Problems:  Leaf miners, caterpillars, aphids, harlequin bugs, root maggots, nematodes, cabbage white butterfly, flea beetles. Black leg, white rust, black leaf spot, powdery and downy mildews, damping off, white mold, club root, and root knot nematodes. Cool weather eliminates most of these problems.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Annuals

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